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Articles November 2014 Issue

Beyond Pumpkin: Harvest the Health Benefits of Winter Squash

Economical and easy to prepare, they’re packed with fiber and vitamin A.

This season’s culinary and cultural spotlight shines on the pumpkin, but the jack-o’-lantern’s less-celebrated cousins—winter squash—are also at their peak of flavor and nutrition. Like the pumpkin, butternut, acorn and other winter squash are technically fruits, but are consumed more like vegetables. Though they vary by species, winter squash are at least as nutritious as pumpkin and deliver more nutrients than summer varieties like zucchini. It’s no wonder the pre-Colombian Native Americans who first cultivated winter squash buried them with their dead to provide nourishment for the journey to the afterlife.

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